BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Schematic Romulo del Castillo and Josh Kay operate Schematic out of a warehouse space in Little Haiti, issuing a variety of experimental electronic-music albums that veer from vaguely danceable beats to astringent, arrhythmic noise. Since its inception in 1996 Schematic has matured into a fine imprint, and 2004 was its most productive year. Among the seven full-length albums it issued were Finesse and Runway's self-titled exercise in electroclash; Secret Frequency Crew's haunting and brilliant IDM adventure Forest of the Echo Downs; and Otto von Schirach's latest splatter-punk symphony Global Speaker Fisting. These titles sold in the low thousands. While Schematic will probably never achieve major-label success, it more than makes up for it with artistic integrity.


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